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Dealing With Chronic Disease


Highland Acupuncture - Chronic Disease Definition

If the term 'chronic' was applied to your condition, it is likely that you felt fearful and overwhelmed. There is also a good chance you wondered:-

  1. What it meant

  2. What consequences to expect and

  3. What choices you had ?

Upon receiving a diagnosis it's usual to wonder for awhile what chance you have for recovery. Your doctor knew that you would unlikely heal without intervention but instead of discussion you got prescription or further tests. Since the nature of your problem was likely not explained you remained confused and perhaps frustrated.

So ... What exactly is chronic disease?

A chronic disease is one lasting 3 months or more, by the definition of the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. It is well-known that chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear. It should be no surprise then that they make the major cause of death.

However, you would not be alone. The majority of Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease and up to 40% suffer from chronic pain. Such widespread suffering is not normal and the culture that neither values medicine outside of the conventional nor encourages visits to lifestyle or natural medicine professionals is clearly not helping

The kind of intervention required is one that allows the body to restore its function. When the disease process is stopped at the cause the body can be encouraged to heal. So preventive medicine along with changes in diet and lifestyle are in fact necessary if one hopes to win back health. These healing factors are all well-known and published but difficult to decipher in the modern cultural landscape.

organs and systems are affected by lifestyle medicine approach

The Chinese system has delivered these results for thousands of years. Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine restore function to the nerves and blood vessels that control organ and tissue function. Diet and Lifestyle recommendations focus on longevity and healthful living practises. Massage and Exercise are recommended for the purpose of enhancing blood circulation.

Lastly, some perspective on healing is necessary; While these diseases seem to appear overnight in many cases they are, in fact, produced over lifetimes by factors such as physical trauma, emotional stress, chemical exposure, poor nutrition and inappropriate pharmaceutical use. Neither are they ever healed overnight and like life take time and effort to get right. The Chinese have an adage, "These diseases arrive on horseback but depart on foot." So, patience and perseverance are necessary.